What does Canucks, poutine, bison burgers and Moosehead beer mean? It’s Canada Day in Trafalagar Square.
Every July 1st, Canada Day is a chance for the Canadian community in London to celebrate Canada’s birthday and apparently is an opportunity to showcase to Londoners and visitors from around the world Canadian music, sport, art, culture, tourism, business, food and drink. Yes I stole that from the Canadian High Commission’s website. So what does it really mean? Let’s get wasted in Trafalagar Square.
Originally hosted as the best little street party in Covent Garden (before they shut it down) and officially moved to Trafalagar Square, the event attracts a crowd of 80,000 making it the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Canada’s borders. You’d think with that many beer chugging drunks they’d be able to bring in the likes of Bryan Adams (who lives in Chelsea by the way) or perhaps the lovely Celine Dion or the man of the hour….Justin Beiber. Instead you’ll be serenaded by what the Canadian High Commission calls ‘Canadian music’ in the form of Prairie bands no one has heard of, East coast fiddlers, and a few random dancing Indians.
But what you’re really there for is a) the Canadian beer b) the Canadian food (Tim Horton doughnuts, poutine: fries, cheese curds and gravy) c) the fiercely proud Canadians in their red and white and their maple leafs galore d) one hell of a party.
So get out there ya hoser, eh.